Celebrations in Gauteng

2019-08-05T12:32:54+00:00August 5th, 2019|Centenary|

The Society hosted a two-part celebration in Gauteng on 10 and 11 October 2018, in collaboration with our joint hosts, the History Departments of the University of Pretoria and the University of Johannesburg. Our guest of honour and keynote speaker at both gatherings was Professor Archie Dick, Head of the Department of Information Science at the University of Pretoria and an international expert on the history of reading and books, who reflected on the history of the Society and offered [...]

Celebrations in Cape Town

2020-09-05T19:47:35+00:00August 5th, 2019|Centenary|

A series of lectures under the title of "The Van Riebeeck Society and the making of Southern African History" was presented at the UCT Summer School during May 2018 in celebration of the Society's Centenary. For more information click here to go to the Activities Page. The Society held a two-part, two-venue celebration on 29 August 2018, exactly 100 years since in was founded. The first part was at the National Library of South Africa in Cape Town where [...]


2020-04-12T21:42:04+00:00August 5th, 2019|Centenary|

The Society turned 100 in August 2018. Since its inception in 1918, it has published one volume of meticulously edited original South African historical documents almost every year. It was established in 1918 because its founders sought to provide a sense of the historical roots of the first new South Africa created in 1910, the Union of South Africa. Now, in the second new South Africa, the Society continues to pursue that same goal, but with a much wider sense [...]

2018 UCT Summer School Lectures

2020-09-08T14:37:01+00:00March 30th, 2018|Centenary, Recent Activities|

The 2018 UCT Summer School Lectures took place in March 2018 on which occasion Dr Elizabeth van Heyningen coordinated a number of lectures under the heading of "The Van Riebeeck Society and the making of South African History". Lectures were given by Dr Pamela Maseko from Rhodes University ("The Hidden Voices - The unknown knowledge of the isiXhosa"), Dr John Rourke from the Botanical Institute ("Botany and General Science - Sparrman and Thunberg"), Prof Gerald Groenewald of the University [...]

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